Professional Educator Dispositions at Mizzou

The teacher education program at MU works with preservice teachers to prepare them for the dispositions necessary to realize the MU College of Education & Human Development’s strategic plan and satisfy the college’s vision for the responsibilities of professional educators.

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Implementation (Fall 2022 plan for when/where PEDE will be used)

Checkpoint 1:
11XX courses — Students are introduced to Professional Educator Dispositions Evaluation (PEDE) in 11XX, and the tool will be used as a lesson and coaching opportunity. Instructors will take time to explain the document and engage the students in applying the dispositions to teaching scenarios in order to give them an understanding of the dispositions that have shown to be helpful for successful teachers.
Checkpoint 2:
Mid-level experiences — When students apply for Mid-Level, they review the dispositions and sign a statement that they have read and understand that these are expected dispositions and are aware that host teachers will use the dispositions in their evaluations.
Checkpoint 3:
Host and Cooperating Teachers — Continued use of selected dispositions in their assessment of students.

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Key Assessments

As part of the College’s continuous improvement efforts to support student success and program improvement, key assessments will be used as a formative measure to help delineate how students are performing in relation to specific curriculum standards and expectations at a particular point in their program. These assessments are course-embedded assignments developed across multiple courses. Students will receive more detailed information about these assignments from their respective course instructors.

ESCP 2010 Key Assessment:

Key Assessment: Learning from an individual viewpoint

This assignment is part of the “Early level” experience and a capstone assignment for this course. Students taking this course will be provided with virtual student files that depict a snapshot of a particular student. Using one of the provided student IEPs, the student will explain how to create a classroom that will help a specific student maximize their learning potential based on the content learned in this course. The focus should be on:

  • The student’s own specific content area
  • The emotional, physical, and social development of their students (e.g., elementary/middle/high)
  • Our learning theory(ies)
  • Motivation theory(ies)
  • Diversity and inclusion

ESCP 2010 Key Assessment Assignment Description

LTC 2040 Key Assessment:

Key Assessment: Standards Portfolio

Throughout LTC 2040, students will have explored the essential question: How will I use powerful teaching to foster community, belonging, and inclusion? Through assignments, assessments, dialogues, research, field experiences, and class activities, students will have thought deeply about this question. Students will also have explored our key standards of (1) diverse social and cultural perspectives, (2) language, culture, family, and knowledge of community values, and (3) professional learning. These standards align with the Missouri Teacher Standards and will guide the final assessment in this course—The Key Assessment Standards Portfolio.

LTC 2040 Key Assessment Assignment Description

ISLT 2467 Key Assessment:

 Key Assessment: Learning Experience Plan and Rationale (LEPR)

The ISLT 2467 Key Assessment is the Learning Experience Plan and Rationale (LEPR). The LEPR requires students to plan a learning experience in which learners use educational technologies to engage in meaningful learning. In the LEPR, a learning experience is defined as a structured and purposeful activity or project designed to help students build targeted knowledge, skills, or understanding. Students also write a rationale for its design using characteristics of meaningful learning and ISTE Standards.

ISLT 2467 Key Assessment Assignment Description

Lesson Planning Key Assessment:

The Lesson Planning Key Assessment (LPKA) connects the Missouri Teaching Standards (MTS) to the planning for teaching that students will do during their methods courses.  Students will complete the LPKA initially during their midlevel experience and then again during their advanced experience. Not only does the LPKA assess student ability to plan lessons, but it will also familiarize students with the lesson planning template used during their student teaching experiences.

Lesson Plan Key Assessment Template and Rubric

Courses implementing Key Assessments for FS23 and SP24 semesters

ProgramMid-Level CourseAdv-Level Course
Early Childhood EducationLTC 4150 (Spring)LTC 4130 (Fall)
Elementary EducationLTC 4310 (Spring)LTC 4241 (Fall)
Math EducationLTC 4581 (Spring)LTC 4370W & LTC 4590W (Spring)
Social Studies EducationLTC 4541/4320 (Spring)LTC 4550 (Fall)
Science EducationLTC 4350 & LTC 4641 (Spring)LTC 4651 (Fall)
English EducationLTC 4380/4470 (Fall)LTC 4400/4490 (Fall)
Special EducationSPC_ED 4375 (Fall)SPC_ED 4371 (Fall)
Music EducationMUS_ED 4142 (Spring)MUS_ED 4144 (Fall)
Agriculture EducationAG_ED 4320 (Spring)AG_ED 4330 (Fall)
World LanguagesFrench 4120, German 4005, and Spanish 4120 n/a

ELPA 4060 Key Assessment

Students will submit a final portfolio that articulates a Philosophy of Education and reflects on opportunities for growth and plans for continual learning in a Reflective Statement. This assignment serves as an opportunity to consider how experiences and education up to this point, with particular attention given to learning in ELPA 4060 this semester, have contributed to growth as a teacher and/or a person. There are two components to the ELPA 4060 Final Portfolio: (1) a Philosophy Statement and (2) the final versions of a student’s cover letter, resume, and professional growth plan. Students will be assessed on their substantive reflection as well as their desire and ability to grow professionally demonstrated in the responses.

ELPA 4060 Key Assessment Assignment Description